2013 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview

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    The 2013 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are entering a pivotal time for their franchise. Quarterback Josh Freeman is anxiously awaiting the new season for many reasons. Entering his contract year, there's a huge question mark as to whether he can be this team's franchise leader or if they may soon need to look elsewhere for that role. A la Joe Flacco, Freeman will come into the season hoping to prove the Bucs brass and fans that he can lead them back to the Superbowl or at least the playoffs. Second year running back Doug "My 2nd Favorite" Maahhttiinn should make that a little easier. As one of the league's bright, young stars from a year ago, Martin will be under no one's radar coming into 2013. He's a hard runner who has two of the best offensive linemen in the game, Carl Nicks and Donald Penn, to run behind. If there's a question mark for the Bucs on offense it is certainly the passing game and its weapons. Aside from WR Vincent Jackson, who had a monster first year in Tampa, the Bucs lack fire power for Josh Freeman to throw to. Mike Williams is a solid no. 2, but the Bucs could definitely use another wide out to help Freeman. They did acquire Kevin Ogletree in free agency who may battle Tyquan Underwood in mini-camp for that slot role. But still it will be interesting to see if the newly coached/owned Bucs will look to the draft to fix that area. The Bucs did acquire TE Tom Crabtree from the Packers, but he is far from a no. 1 tight end in Coach Lazaroe's mind. Youngster Luke Stocker will most likely retain that starting role. But Stocker has had trouble in the passing game, something he will have to sharpen to fit in this new offense. Time will tell how that position plays out for the team as well. Defensively, Tampa definitely has holes that they need to fill, and fast. Their lone acquisition so far was a big one, FS D. Gholdson from the 49ers. Gholdson will anchor the secondary along with SS Mark Barron, who is coming off of a strong rookie campaign. These two may soon provide the Bucs with the best FS-SS combination in the league. With the Gholdson signing, longtime Buccaneer Rhonde Barber announced his retirement from the NFL. Coach Lazaroe was hoping that Barber would choose to return in some fashion to play nickelback. That, however; will not be an option now and the Bucs need depth in the secondary. Eric Wright, who had a rough opening year in Tampa, will be back and can anchor the no. 1 DB position. But outside of him, the Buccaneers have nickel backs at best. Something must be done either via the 2013 draft, or a trade that will bring a prolific defensive back to Tampa Bay. Up front on the defense, Lazaroe has expressed his support for 3rd year man Dequan Bowers who will replace recently departed DE Michael Bennett. Bowers will line up next to pro bowler Gerald McCoy, who anchors the middle of that line. Adrian Clayborn will be on the other end and Tampa still holds him in high regards as one of their young stars. If the Bucs could use any help on the line, it would be next to McCoy and a run stopping 4-3 nose tackle. Lastly we take a look at the linebacking core. Losing Quincy Black to a serious neck injury, the Bucs weakest spot on defense may now be in this area. Their lone acquisition to the linebacking core thus far has been OLB Johnathan Casillas. While Casillas has some upside, he is still very raw and has a lot to learn. They do have a potential star at OLB in Lavonte David, second year man from Nebraska. MLB Mason Foster will have to have an early impact to gain the new Buc staffs trust. The 2013 Buccaneers have some very good pieces in place, but still have some work to do. They're a young team with a ton of upside and potential. With Lazaroe running things, it will be interesting to see what direction this Tampa Bay Buccaneer team takes.

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    MLB Mason Foster looks on during 1 v 1 drills.

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    WR Vincent Jackson makes a grab during a 2 minute drill.

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    QB Josh Freeman leads team in practice drills.

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    Offseason Releases:

    WR - Tyquan Underwood
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    WR - Kevin Ogletree
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    RB - Legarette Blount
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    OLB - Jacob Cutrera
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    TE - Tom Crabtree
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    DT - Gary Gibson
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    FB - Earnest Graham
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    Offseason Free Agent Signings:

    DB - Brent Grimes
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    RB - Steve Slaton
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    WR/KR - Josh Cribbs
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    TE - Weslye Saunders
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    DT - Amobi Okoye
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    FB - Owen Marecic
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    Preseason Signings:

    DB - D.J. Moore
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    WR - Brandon Gibson
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    2013 Injuries:

    DE - Daquan Bowers
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    Injury Type: Broken Ribs
    Week Suffered: 2
    Injury Length: 5 Weeks
     
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